Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two new albums coming soon from pop legend Johnny Mathis

Columbia Records has announced legendary vocalist Johnny Mathis will release his new album, Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook on September 29. The eagerly awaited album features 11 inspired Mathis interpretations of prevailing current songs that comprise the modern great American songbook, all imbued with the iconic vocalist’s indelible touch.

The new album is available for pre-order here: Fans who pre-order the album will receive the instant grat track “Hallelujah,” originally recorded by Leonard Cohen.

Produced by Grammy winning music greats Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and Clive Davis, Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook features a matchless array of modern day ‘standards’ christened by Mathis’ intuitive delivery, (full track listing below). 

Among the songs included are “Hello,” originally recorded by Adele, “Happy,” originally recorded by Pharrell, the aforementioned “Hallelujah,” originally recorded by Leonard Cohen, “You Raise Me Up,” originally recorded by Josh Groban, “I Believe I Can Fly,” originally recorded by R. Kelly, “Just The Way You Are,” originally recorded by Bruno Mars, and “Run To You,” (featuring Kenny G) originally recorded by Whitney Houston.

One of the seminal voices of popular music, Johnny Mathis has attained unparalleled achievement as a recording artist and live performer in an incredible career that has spanned more than six decades. Universally recognized for his inimitable artistry and signature renderings of the American song catalogue, his vast stylistic range has encompassed romantic interpretations of jazz and pop standards, music composed for stage and film, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music both sacred and secular, enduring as one of the most acclaimed traditional pop vocalists in music history.

Track listing:

1. Hallelujah
2. Once Before I Go
3. Blue Ain’t Your Color
4. You Raise Me Up
5. Say Something
6. Just The Way You Are
7. I Believe I Can Fly
8. Remember When
9. Happy
10. Hello
11. Run To You (feat. Kenny G)

In related news...

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is set to release The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection, the definitive Johnny Mathis career-spanning box set, on December 8.

The 68-disc set comes as a part of the continued celebration of the enduring musical achievements of Johnny Mathis (who first signed with Columbia Records in 1955.) Legacy has worked closely with Mathis on the curation of his Columbia catalog, pouring through the label's deep archive of studio and live material, restoring and remastering tracks for digital release.

Within this vast career-spanning boxset, Legacy Recordings has included 62 Columbia albums that have been remastered (25 of which are available on CD for the very first time), two previously unreleased albums, a 2-disc collection featuring 40 previously unreleased songs as well as Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook.

Skinny Lister expands latest album

London-based rock band Skinny Lister has announced a new double-CD version of its third critically acclaimed album, The Devil, The Heart & The Fight, with new artwork, live tracks and three brand new songs.

New tracks “Thing Like That” and forthcoming festive single “Christmas Calls” lead the second CD of the new package before treating the listener to the frenetic energy of their live performances from the band's biggest sold out London show to date at the Scala, and from the Roundhouse during Frank Turner's Lost Evenings Festival both in May 2017. This two-CD re-release will be out Friday, October 27 on Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me!), and pre-order is up now through the Xtra Mile store, iTunes and Amazon.

Check out the band playing “Hamburg Drunk” from the Roundhouse HERE with on-the-road footage taken from the weekend they performed at Hurricane, Southside and Glastonbury Festivals.

The bonus disc also features acoustic sessions from Paste in New York and the Xtra Mile Outside Broadcast truck. The disc also features four tracks of live band banter, and ends with a lo-fi version of new track “Boy Ashore."

Tour dates: 

20 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
21 - San Antonio, TX - The Paper Tiger
23 - Phoenix, AZ - The Valley Bar
24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
25 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
27 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
28 - Seattle, WA - Barbooza

02 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
03 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
05 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
06 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
08 - Pittsburgh, PA – The Club at Stage AE
09 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
11 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
13 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
14 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
15 - Mobile, AL - Merry Widow
16 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
17 - Austin, TX - SXSW

The Devil, The Heart & The Fight Deluxe track listing:

CD 1
01. Wanted
02. Geordie Lad
03. Tragedy in A Minor
04. Devil In Me
05. Injuries
06. Reunion
07. Beat It From the Chest
08. Hamburg Drunk
09. Grace
10. Charlie
11. Fair Winds & Following Seas
12. Carry

01. Live Intro
02. Thing Like That (new song)
03. Christmas Calls (new song)
04. Band Chat - Roundhouse
05. Wanted (Live at London Roundhouse)
06. Hamburg Drunk (Live at London Roundhouse)
07. This Is War (Live at London Roundhouse)
08. Band Chat – Sessions
09. Injuries (Paste Session)
10. Tragedy In A Minor (Paste Session)
11. Geordie Lad (XMROB1 Truck Session)
12. Band Chat - Bootlegs
13. John Kanaka (London Scala Bootleg)
14. Cathy (London Scala Bootleg)
15. Bold As Brass (London Scala Bootleg)
16. Band chat – Boy Ashore
17. Boy Ashore (new song)

Little Big Town tour news

After launching a historic sold-out year-long residency at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Grammy Award-winning vocal group Little Big Town announced they will bring their critically-acclaimed harmonies to arenas nationwide starting Spring 2018 with The Breakers Tour.

The highly-anticipated multi-city run begins in February. Additional stops will be announced at a later date. 

Tickets for The Breakers Tour go on-sale everywhere Friday, September 22nd at 10am local time. Two enhanced ticket experiences, the ‘Happy People’and ‘The Breaker’ experiences, will be offered throughout the tour. Additional experiences include a meet & greet with Little Big Town, a Q&A; session, exclusive merchandise, and more. To purchase tickets and for more informationon all ticket experiences, visit

Little Big Town’s landmark year to date includes the release of their chart-topping album The Breaker (2/24)- which debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard 200 All Genre chart-as well as the group’s fifth ACM Award win as Vocal Group of the Year. Additionally, the Multi-Platinum selling Country group was recently inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and earned their 26th career CMA Award nomination, including nominations for Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year categories.

Their critically acclaimed album, The Breaker, as well as their recent headlining Ryman Residency, “Little Big Town at the Mother Church,” have garnered the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year praise for their four-part harmonies and progressive sound that has produced hits such as "Boondocks," "Bring It On Home,""Good As Gone," and "Little White Church," as well as their #1 singles "Pontoon," "Tornado," "Day Drinking," and most recently, the history-making best-selling country single of 2015,"Girl Crush,” and this year’s multi-week #1 single, "Better Man."

2018 Tour dates:

Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena

Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center

Grand Prairie, TX
Verizon Theatre - Grand Prairie

Columbus, OH
Schottenstein Center

Rosemont, IL
Allstate Arena


Toledo, OH
Huntington Center

Wilkes-Barre, PA
Mohegan Sun Arena

Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun

New York, NY
Radio City Music Hall

Reading, PA
Santander Arena

Washington, DC

Green Bay, WI
Resch Center

Duluth, MN
Amsoil Arena

Grand Forks, ND
Ralph Engelstad

Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena

Cedar Rapids, IA
U.S. Cellular Center

Sioux City, IA
Tyson Events Center

Minneapolis, MN
Target Center

Milwaukee, WI
BMO Harris Bradley Ctr

St. Louis, MO
Chaifetz Arena

Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum

Greenville, SC
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Atlanta, GA
Infinite Energy Arena

Saturday Night Fever film and soundtrack to get deluxe reissue

This should be very interesting. Read all the details from the press release below...

In 1977, Saturday Night Fever captured and propelled a global cultural movement like few movies before or since, with its iconic, Bee Gees-led soundtrack driving the film’s dancefloor action. A worldwide smash upon release and an essential modern classic for all time, ‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ spawned four No. 1 singles and won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

On Nov. 17, Capitol/UMe will release the illustrious soundtrack’s 40thAnniversary Edition in expanded commemorative configurations including a super deluxe box set that pairs the remastered album and remixes with the film’s 4K-restored 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut.

“Forty years ago, Saturday Night Fever was released and the impact that came from it, even today, is inexplicable. It was inexplicable even then,” writes the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb in his new essay for Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) 40th Anniversary Edition.

The ‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition box set features two CDs with the remastered original album and four Serban Ghenea remixes, the remastered album on heavyweight 180-gram 2-LP vinyl in a gatefold jacket with faithfully replicated original album art, and a Blu-ray disc with the film’s 4K-restored 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut and Theatrical Version, plus bonus features.

For the collectible box set, it adds a 23-page book with newly-written essays by Barry Gibb,Saturday Night Fever music supervisor and soundtrack producer Bill Oakes, director John Badham, and the film’s score composer and musician David Shire, as well as Bee Gees photos and stills from the film, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat, a set of five art prints,and a reproduction of the original Saturday Night Fever movie poster. The soundtrack’s new 2-CD and digital 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition pairs the remastered album with the four new Serban Ghenea remixes.

Preorder ‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition box set and Deluxe Edition: 

Composed and performed primarily by the Bee Gees, the legendary album’s mega-hits include “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “More Than A Woman,” and “If I Can’t Have You.” Certified 15-times multi-platinum by the RIAA for U.S. album sales totaling more than 15 million, ‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ has sold more than 40 million copies around the world. The album topped the U.S. album charts at No. 1 for 24 consecutive weeks and remained on Billboard’s albums chart for 120 weeks, also holding the No. 1 spot on the U.K. album charts for 18 consecutive weeks. In 2004, ‘Saturday Night Fever(The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® and it was added to the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry as a culturally significant work in 2013.

For Saturday Night Fever’s 40th Anniversary, the film’s director John Badham worked with Paramount Pictures to restore the film in 4K resolution using the original negative, and to update the film’s surround sound mix to further enhance viewers’ enjoyment of its incredible soundtrack. During this process, he added scenes to the R-rated theatrical version that round out character and plot, making the 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut the definitive representation of his original vision.

With John Travolta’s electrifying Academy Award®-nominated performance, the Bee Gees’ explosive soundtrack and, of course, the unforgettable dancing, Saturday Night Fever captured the angst and brio of the time, making an indelible impact on popular culture. Forty years later, the film about a Brooklyn kid with no prospects who lives for Saturday night continues to be revered and celebrated.

The Bee Gees – brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb – have earned their stature as one of the world’s most popular and bestselling groups of all time. Having recorded 22 studio albums and for numerous soundtracks, including the monumentally successful Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees infused popular culture with dozens of worldwide hit singles that featured their singular and highly influential three-part harmonies. They achieved nine Number Ones and 23 Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” and “Stayin’ Alive” from Saturday Night Fever, and hit charts around the world with many other classics, including “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart,” “I Started A Joke,” “Lonely Days,” “Words,” and “You Win Again.”

Among the honors bestowed upon the Bee Gees are five GRAMMY Awards®, as well as The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Legend Award, and President’s Award; five American Music Awards; a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music; and a Legend Award from the World Music Awards. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, BMI Icons, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Dance Music Hall of Fame. All three brothers were appointed Commanders in the Order of the British Empire in 2001.

‘Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)’ 40th Anniversary Edition 180g 2LP vinyl available now: 

Also available now: The Bee Gees’ Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits: 

Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition
[2-CD / 2-LP / Blu-ray box set]

CD 1
1. Stayin' Alive [performed by Bee Gees]
2. How Deep Is Your Love [performed by Bee Gees]
3. Night Fever [performed by Bee Gees]
4. More Than a Woman [performed by Bee Gees]
5. If I Can't Have You [performed by Yvonne Elliman]
6. A Fifth of Beethoven [performed by Walter Murphy]
7. More Than a Woman [performed by Tavares]
8. Manhattan Skyline [performed by David Shire]
9. Calypso Breakdown [performed by Ralph MacDonald]
10. Night on Disco Mountain [performed by David Shire]
11. Open Sesame [performed by Kool & the Gang]
12. Jive Talkin' [performed by Bee Gees]
13. You Should Be Dancing [performed by Bee Gees]
14. Boogie Shoes [performed by KC and the Sunshine Band]
15. Salsation [performed by David Shire]
16. K-Jee [performed by MFSB]
17. Disco Inferno [performed by The Trammps]

CD 2
The Serban Ghenea Mixes
1. Stayin' Alive
2. Night Fever
3. How Deep Is Your Love
4. You Should Be Dancing

2LP Vinyl
1. Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees) 6. A Fifth of Beethoven (Walter Murphy)
2. How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees) 7. More Than a Woman (Tavares)
3. Night Fever (Bee Gees) 8. Manhattan Skyline (David Shire)
4. More Than a Woman (Bee Gees) 9. Calypso Breakdown (Ralph MacDonald)
5. If I Can't Have You (Yvonne Elliman)

10. Night on Disco Mountain (David Shire) 15. Salsation (David Shire)
11. Open Sesame (Kool & the Gang) 16. K-Jee (MFSB)
12. Jive Talkin'  (Bee Gees) 17. Disco Inferno (The Trammps)
13. You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees)
14. Boogie Shoes (KC and the Sunshine Band)

Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut by John Badham [4K-restored under supervision of director John Badham]

Saturday Night Fever Theatrical Version [4K-restored under supervision of director John Badham]

- Audio Commentary by director John Badham [Theatrical Version Only]
- '70s Discopedia [Theatrical Version Only]
- Catching the Fever
- Back to Bay Ridge
- Dance Like Travolta with John Cassese
- Fever Challenge!
- Deleted Scenes

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Lone Bellow's new album out now; currently on the road

The Lone Bellow's third studio album Walk Into A Storm is out via Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, TN.

Recently the band made an appearance at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where they performed "Time's Always Leaving" and "Deeper In The Water" and were on CBS THIS MORNING SATURDAY. A music video is out for their first single, "Time's Always Leaving," featuring actor Marc Menchaca, who has been seen in Generation Kill, Homeland, and currently in Netflix's Ozark. Watch the video here.

The group just hit the road in support of their new album (see dates below). 

It's been three years since Then Came The Morning was released. The album was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner and nominated for an Americana Music Award. The Lone Bellow appeared on Kimmel, Letterman, Conan, CBS This Morning, Later...with Jools Holland and James Corden in support of the album. In the years since the release the band left Brooklyn and moved to Nashville, TN.

Track listing:

1. Deeper In The Water
2. Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy
3. May You Be Well
4. Come Break My Heart Again
5. Feather
6. Walk Into A Storm
7. Time's Always Leaving
8. Can't Be Happy For Long
9. Between The Lines
10. Long Way To Go

Tour dates:

Sept 20 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Sept 21 - Central Park Summerstage - New York, NY#
Sept 23 - Farm to Fork Festival- Sacramento, CA
Sept 29 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC ^
Sept 30 - Riverfront Park Concert Series - Lynchburg, VA
Oct 01 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH^
Oct 02 - Opera House - Toronto, ONT^
Oct 03 - El Club - Detroit, MI^
Oct 05 - Lincoln Theatre - Columbus, OH ^
Oct 06 - Dave Finkelman Auditorium - Middletown, OH ^
Oct 07 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY^
Oct 08 - Deluxe at Old National Center - Indianapolis, IN
Oct 10 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL^
Oct 11- Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL^
Oct 13 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI ^
Oct 14 - The Englert Theatre - Iowa City, IA ^
Oct 15 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN ^
Nov 01 - Bijou Theater - Knoxville, TN*
Nov 02 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA*
Nov 05 - Iron City Birmingham - Birmingham, AL*
Nov 06 - Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC*
Nov 07 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC*
Nov 09 - Haw River Ballroom - Saxapahaw, NC*
Nov 10 - 9:30 Club - Washington D.C.*
Nov 12 - Infinity Hall Hartford - Hartford, CT*
Nov 14 - State Theatre - Portland, ME*
Nov 15 - House of Blues - Boston, MA*
Nov 16 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT*
Nov 17 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA*

#Supporting The Head And The Heart
*w/ The Wild Reeds
^w/ Mt. Joy

Cut Copy news

photo: Jimmy Fontaine
"Black Rainbows," a track from Cut Copy's forthcoming album, Haiku From Zero, is available now at all digital retailers HERE. Pre-order the digital album HERE  
Listen to "Black Rainbows" on YouTube HERE.

NPR Music is offering fans an exclusive "First Listen" to Haiku From Zero in the week leading up to its Sept. 22 release. Fans can stream the album NPR declares "magnificently ambitious" in its entirety HERE through Sept. 21.

Haiku From Zero - Cut Copy's first proper studio album in nearly four years and first for Astralwerks - was produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Neon Indian).

A 7" of "Standing in the Middle of the Field" featuring an exclusive, unreleased b-side will be available to those who pre-order the vinyl edition of Haiku From Zero at select U.S. record stores. To find a participating store, visit Cut Copy also shared a remix "Standing in the Middle of the Field" by Ara Koufax; listen on SoundCloud HERE.

Cut Copy will support Haiku From Zero with a North American headline tour that kicks off in November in Santa Cruz, CA. The run will include a November 24 show at Terminal 5 in New York City. See below for itinerary. Tickets are available at Prior to the tour's launch, Cut Copy will perform at several U.S. festivals, including CRSSD and Austin City Limits.

Initially a bedroom recording project by Whitford, Cut Copy evolved into a full-fledged band with guitarist Tim Hoey, drummer Mitchell Scott, and bass player Ben Browning. The quartet's studio albums also include In Ghost Colours and 2011's Zonoscope, which won two ARIA Awards and was nominated for a GRAMMY.

The band's songs have been licensed for use in television, games and commercials, including FIFA 18, Chevrolet, Netflix, Amazon and Levi's® #LiveinLevis campaign. DJing and mixes have also been a big part of Cut Copy's identity - from the band's famed Fabric mix, Fabriclive.29, to the 2014 Melbourne dance compilation, Oceans Apart.

In addition to headlining massive sold-out shows, the band has gained prime slots at prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Ultra and Lollapalooza in the U.S.; Primavera in Spain, Pitchfork in Paris; Summer Sonic in Japan; and Big Day Out in Australia.

10/1 - San Diego, CA @ CRSSD Festival
10/3 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/5 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Jones Assembly
10/7 - Austin, TX @ Zilker Park - Austin City Limits
11/9 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club
11/12 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
11/15 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/16 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11/17 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/18 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
11/21 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
11/22 - Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
11/24 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/26 - Boston, MA @ Royale
11/30 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
12/1 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
12/2 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/3 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
12/5 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
12/6 - Miami, FL @ North Beach Bandshell

A new holiday album due from Alabama

Alabama is scheduled to release American Christmas via BMG on Oct. 6. This album marks the band’s first newly recorded Christmas album in 21 years. It will be available at Cracker Barrel, retailers and online at all digital service providers including Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

Recorded at Sound Emporium in Nashville, the album is a collection of favorites including “Away In A Manger,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” as well as four new songs contributed by the band. The album also includes an updated version of the trio's holiday classic “Christmas In Dixie,” which celebrates its 35th Anniversary this year.

“To all our fans: Christmas is a special time for Alabama. We hope it is for you. From our hearts to you, we give you this Christmas gift. Thank you for the love and support, all these years,” said Jeff, Teddy and Randy, “Merry Christmas!”

This follows their critically acclaimed studio album Southern Drawl, which marked the band’s first collection of new music in well over a decade.

Track list:

1- "Ain't Santa Cool"
2- "Go Tell It On The Mountain"
3- "Silent Night"
4- "Why Can't Christmas Day Last All Year Long"
5- "Away In A Manger"
6- "Christmas Joy"
7- "First Christmas Without Daddy"
8- "Winter Wonderland"
9- "Greatest Gift"
10- "Jingle Bells"
11- "Remember Me"
12- "(I Wanna) Rock N Roll Guitar"
13- "Christmas In Dixie"
14- "Sure Could Use Some Christmas Around Here"
15- "Auld Lang Syne"

Fans can pre-order the album here: